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Published November 27th 2015
Christmas and non-Christmas, including New Year's Eve
Free Family Activities in Perth - December 2015
Even though it's felt like summer for some time now, summer is only officially here this month. The long awaited (or dreaded) Christmas and school holiday are coming in a few short weeks. Some of us don't really look forward to this. But since we can't hibernate through this period, we might as well embrace it and enjoy whichever small parts of it we happen to like.
Do sights like this give you seasonal cheer or jitters?
Thankfully, there are other, non-Christmas events out there too so we can pick a more balanced menu for this season's entertainment.
Are you up to the Christmas challenge?
Perth City Christmas Place When: 5-6 Dec, 10am-4pm Where: Forrest Place, Murray St Mall, Perth
This is a new event as part of Perth City's Festival of Christmas. Forrest Place will be transformed into Santa's workshop, where little elves--yes, your kids could be one too--are hard at work making snow domes and gingerbread. Make sure you bring your camera to capture your kids in action with beautiful Christmas-y background. And the big man in red himself would make an appearance to reward all his faithful and hardworking elves.
Piazzarama Northbridge-Festival of Christmas When: Sun, 6 Dec, 12-4pm Where: Northbridge Piazza, cnr James & Lake Sts, Northbridge. More info here.
First Sunday of the month is Piazzarama time. The theme is Christmas (who's surprised?) and that means two Christmas movies on the big screen during the day:
12-1.30pm: Muppet Christmas Carol (1992, PG)
2.30-4pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG)
In between and also while the movies are running, art and craft and other games will be available for kids to participate in.
Carols by Candlelight (or similar)
December won't be complete without attending one or more Carols in the Park events. The biggest one in Perth, the IGA Carols by Candlelight is on Sun 20 Dec 4.30-10.30pm at Langley Park, Perth. This is not a free event though, you need to buy tickets at the gate (Adult $15, Child $10, Family $40), with proceeds going to charity. Alternatively, there are plenty of free Christmas carols events organised by various city councils around Greater Perth, some of them are as follow:
11 Dec 6-9pm Faulkner Park, Cloverdale
12 Dec 5-8pm Administration Ground, Spearwood
12 Dec 7.30-8.30pm Civic Amphetheatre, Cannington
13 Dec 4-9pm Claremont Park, Claremont
17 Dec 4-8pm Lake Monger Reserve, Wembley
20 Dec 6pm Fremantle Arts Centre
20 Dec 7pm Cottlesloe Civic Centre
I'm sure as Christmas is getting closer there will be more councils announcing their events, so check your own council's website regularly.
Symphony in the City
When: Sat, 12 Dec 7.30-9.30pm Where: Langley Park, Riverside Drive, Perth; with live simulcast at the Northbridge Piazza.
More info here.
Western Australia Symphony Orchestra (WASO) accompanied by WASO Chorus will woo the public through this annual event at Langley Park. They will play crowd favourites from previous years such as '1812 Overture' but also new tunes which they haven't done in this event before. This concert will also be screened simultaneously on the Northbridge Piazza's big screen.
When: Sundays 2-4pm Where: Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle.
More info here.
When you sleep in on a Sunday morning, what do you do with the rest of the day (with Monday always looming in the horizon)? This event solves this problem. It's free and easy entertainment, and you'll be home in time for schoolnight bedtime. The line-up for December:
Super Saturday Science
When: Sat, 19 Dec 10-11am Where: Thornlie Public Library, 1 Culross Ave, Thornlie.
More info here.
The theme for this Super Saturday Science is: the science of making icecream. Who doesn't love ice cream, but who knows we can learn also from something so yummy. Bookings required at 9251 8750 or Library_queries@gosnells.wa.gov.au.
New Years Eve Celebrations
When: Thu, 31 Dec with 2 fireworks: 9pm and midnight Where: Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah
More info here.
As per New Year's Eve pasts, City of Mandurah once again would host a community celebration with stage entertainment, youth zone, food & market stalls, and two fireworks: one at a family-friendly time of 9pm and another one at the real new year @12 midnight. This is a family-friendly, smoke and alcohol-free event to usher in 2016.